25 performers set to wow crowds at Childers Festival


A huge variety of performers will be showcased on the Childers Festival stage next month to wow crowds with soulful sounds, funky beats and exciting entertainment.

More than 25 acts will perform in the main street during the annual event in July.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s community and cultural services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said while food was a big drawcard for event-goers, live entertainment really created the festival vibe.

“From roving entertainers to big bands, dance groups and more, there will be plenty of action happening at the Childers Festival,” Cr Peters said.

“Some of these performers feature music and acts from around the world, showcasing a range of culturally diverse entertainment during the event.”

The festival begins on Saturday, 27 July for the afternoon and is followed by the main day on Sunday, 28 July with a number of stages in operation.

Cr Peters said there would be up to nine new musicians scheduled for this year’s event including The Tipsy Scholars and D’fine Band.

“The Tipsy Scholars sounds are indie folk which will have you dancing freely around the festival,” Cr Peters said.

“One of our local bands D’Fine will also be performing for the first time this year and I’m sure their sound will set up the perfect vibe to have enjoying every moment of the festival.”

Cr Peters said there would also be festival favourites back again including local Childers musician Matthew Munro, Babash and The Band of the First Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera.

Childers Festival performers:

The Tipsy Scholars – The Tipsy Scholars are an Australian indie folk band known for their heartfelt song writing and energetic live performances. With a rich and diverse array of original works, the band tell tales of travel, love and life. (Sat/Sun) NEW

David Orr Band – At the heart of his music that unmistakably raw blues guitar. It’s the sound of late night whiskey bars, of musicians stretching themselves and letting loose. (Sat/Sun)

The Band of the First Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera – Welcoming back the Band of the 1st Regiment, this versatile and talented band will perform a “a bit of everything, from the traditional to the latest hits, their music will connect with any audience. (Sat/Sun) NEW

As You Are – Fusing together ancient sounds of didgeridoo, African drums, dulcimer and native flutes with a modern twist, this duo creates songs and instrumental pieces that can be described as soundscape, cinematic, trance and ambient. (Sat/Sun)

Matthew Munro – A singer/songwriter/guitarist from Childers, Matthew has a unique sound and will perform a mix of country and classic hits from the 60’s to present day, as well as original music. (Sat/Sun)

D’fine Band – A band with a difference, D’fine prides itself on playing a wide variety of music, whether it is a party anthem from the 80’s or 90’s, a smooth ballad or simply a song guaranteed to test your memory. (Sat/Sun) NEW

Columbian Dance Group
The Columbian Dance Group will be performing at the Childers Festival this year.

Colombian Dance Group – Witness the passion of Colombian dance with this dance group, dressed immaculately in traditional costume, as they perform colorful, energetic folk dances representing different regions of the country. (Sun)

The Spargo Brothers – The Spargo Brothers Band are a bunch of Bundy born and bred boys who play crowd pleasing cover songs. Their style is mainly rock with overtones of blues and country, and is guaranteed to get any party rocking. (Sat)

Abby Skye & the Batman Duo – A punchy, high energy duo comprising of funny man Wayne (the Batman) and vocal powerhouse Abby Skye. Playing an awesome mix of hit songs and older classics, this act is well-known for delivering stand-out performances every time. (Sun)

Babash – Armed to teeth with robust songs from all genres, Babash deliver a show full of fun and dance. The band like to mix it up with splendid originals, clever Caribbean Calypso, swooning covers and a swagger of the best reggae, Latin, soul, jazz and even a little rap. (Sun)

Sláinte Irish Band – Sláinte’s vibrant performances of toe-tapping music takes audiences back to the heart of Ireland’s culture and history, compelling audiences to dance a jig, clap their hands or sing along. (Sun)

John Vea Vea & Lachlan Court – Passionate original songs and soaring vocals by Jon Vea Vea who draws on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage for inspiration. Supported by Lachlan Court on keyboard, an extra depth are added to the lyrics with a variety of melodies. (Sun) NEW

The Memphis Moovers Roving Band – This Roving duo provides fun “music on the moove”. Described as atmosphere makers, with their novelty roving cars and colourful costumes, they provide a unique energy and a very rare brand of showtime WOW factor. (Sun) ROVING -NEW

Stilt performers Childers Festival
Stilt walkers will wow the crowds at the Childers Festival.

Manoeuvre Stilt Performers – Providing roving stilt acts for over 25 years, these highly trained and talented “walkers”, will strut, loop and dance through the crowd, stimulate the imagination, offering playful and interactive experiences to audiences of any size. (Sun) ROVING -NEW

Rubatuba – A colourful roving accordion-tuba duo who perform a wide range of multicultural traditional folk tunes. (Sun) ROVING

Pilotlight Productions – Based in Childers, Gillyee Carey and this group will present songs from the forthcoming CD “Grace”, top-notch originals and covers that will make your day. (Sun)

Glen Rhodes – Being described as a terrific sleight-of-hand magician, with a warm charm and lively sense of humour, Glen will keep the laughter and amazement happening all at the same time, while mingling with the crowds. (Sun)

Bundaberg PCYC Blazers – The colour and vibrancy of traditional Lion and Dragon Dancing will burst into life by this group of accomplished artists. This festive dance is truly a spectacle. (Sun)

Pub Rock Choir – Returning for their annual pub rock crawl, this popular group will share their rocking harmonies and classics such as ‘Help Is On Its Way’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Keep an eye out for the tartan and denim brigade as they rock their way through the festival

Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band – Dressed in traditional tartan, the oldest pipe band in Queensland consisting of ten Pipers and eight Drummers will perform traditional Scottish tunes as well as modern, old and traditional songs from around the world. (Sun)

Arabian Nights Bollywood Dreams – A culturally diverse group of ladies from Hervey Bay who share the love and energy of Middle East Bellydance and Bollywood dance. (Sun) NEW

Bundaberg Nepalese Community – Dressed in vibrant costumes and jewelry, this group based in Bundaberg will perform an array of traditional Nepali folk dances. (Sun) NEW

Just Rock Bundaberg Rock’n’Roll Dance & Car Club – The classic Rock’n’Roll and Golden Oldies of the Fifties and Sixties will be brought to life with this dynamic dancing group. (Sun)

Isis Multicultural Group – This dancing group from Childers is an old favourite of the festival and will delight the crowd with a variety of colourful dances from all parts of Asia. (Sun)

Bundy Binz – Drumming rhythmic and songs played on wheelie bins performed by members of the Bundaberg Drum Corps, acknowledged as one of the finest civic bands in the country. (Sun) NEW